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Traditional "meze" meal makes sampling very simple: It consists of hot and cold fair providing a tasty sample portions of up to 30 different dishes are served, accompanied by delicious sauces.

Fish and meat dishes, even vegetables, are frequently roasted on charcoal grill or in large dome-shaped clay ovens.

Typical regional treats are:
Halloumi: A firm white sheep's milk cheese, grilled or raw
Dolmades: Stuffed vine leaves
Hummus: Sauce of chickpeas, sesame, olive oil and lemon juice
A special delicacy id the root plant, Kolokasi: Colocasia Esculanto

Meals are accompanied by local beer or one of the excellent wines of the island, produced either in one of the big wineries or in the small wineries of hinterland.
Even Mark Antony acclaimed their quality, with the words "your love, my beauty, is sweater than the wine of Cyprus", he presented the island to Cleopatra as a wedding gift. Also popular are the local sherries and brandies, as well as the desert wine Commandaria, one of the world's oldest vintages.

 

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